What is LEED?

The built environment has a profound impact on our natural environment, economy, health, and productivity.

In the United States alone, buildings account for:
• 65% of electricity consumption,
• 36% of energy use,
• 39% of greenhouse gas emissions,
• 30% of raw materials use,
• 30% of waste output (136 million tons annually), and
• 12% of potable water consumption.

LEED was designed to address these issues and more.

LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is a process that is recognized as the standard in high-performance buildings that work
to promote responsible environmental and energy practices in the design and construction of buildings, homes, schools and neighborhoods. 



What is LEED®?

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.

LEED is a third party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Who uses LEED?

Architects, real estate professionals, facility managers, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects, construction managers, lenders and government officials all use LEED to help transform the built environment to sustainability. State and local governments across the country are adopting LEED for public-owned and public-funded buildings; there are LEED initiatives in federal agencies, including the Departments of Defense, Agriculture, Energy, and State; and LEED projects are in progress in 41 different countries, including Canada, Brazil, Mexico and India.

How is LEED Developed?

LEED Rating Systems are developed through an open, consensus-based process led by LEED committees. Each volunteer committee is composed of a diverse group of practitioners and experts representing a cross-section of the building and construction industry. The key elements of USGBC's consensus process include a balanced and transparent committee structure, technical advisory groups that ensure scientific consistency and rigor, opportunities for stakeholder comment and review, member ballot of new rating systems, and a fair and open appeals process.


Are you trying to become a LEED Accredited Professional? 

The subpages in this section of the USGBC Texas Gulf Coast website will contain details for the LEED credential tracks of Accredited Professional. Click on any of the LEED AP tracks in the menu on the left of the page for more information and resources. 

For more information about the LEED exams visit www.gbci.org.